In today’s day many Christians
mark anger as a sin. Even in our society, we see anger portrayed as an emotion only used for destruction. This was not what God intended. God gave us every emotion that we experience including being angry. Anger is defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
Now let’s take a look at what scripture says about being angry.
In Ephesians 4:26 it says,
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
We are not instructed to never be angry. Nor is it declared that the emotion is a sin. But instead, we are given a command. Be angry and do not sin! It is the acts that are followed by anger which are usually a sin. When we are angry we tend to curse out people, we aim to hurt in our anger, we destroy reputations and relationships. People kill out of anger. Anger almost always paves a path for destruction. That is why we are commanded not to sin out of anger. We have to work to control anger and not allow it to control us. It is out of anger that we feel the most justified in sinning. “She deserved it” “They had it coming”. When we become invested in our rage we tend to want to do something about it and feel right in doing so. It is because the emotion of anger is one of our emotional defense mechanisms. It lets you know when someone has overstepped one of your boundaries. You have a right to be angry. You have a right to desire justice on your own behalf. Yet as christians we know we are set apart. We know not to avenge ourselves. We know that vengeance is the Lord’s. So next time you get mad yield to the will of God. Do not allow anger to overcome you. Overcome anger by pin pointing what is making you angry and why. Once you have that you know exactly what to pray for. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. If you do become so angry that you sin, repent. Ask God to help you control and regulate your anger. You do not have to defend yourself when you serve the greatest defender of time.
Lord, help me to regulate my anger. I want to release my heavy emotions onto you. If I find myself in anger help me to resist the temptation to sin. May my life reflect your commands. Amen.